At least 14 killed after helicopter shot down in Libya

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A helicopter has crashed west of the Libya’s capital, Tripoli, killing at least 14 people, Tripoli Chief of Staff Spokesman Col. Ali Sheikhi said, as cited by AP. He also said that the helicopter had been shot down.

The helicopter had been bringing money to the town of Surman on its inward journey. However, it was felled near the Almaya area, west of Tripoli.

There were 23 passengers on its board including two high-ranking officers allied with the Islamist-backed Tripoli government. At least 14 passengers were killed.

Local reports say that 10 people were believed to have drowned, while four bodies have been pulled from the sea. Any survivors are yet to be found, Sheikhi said.